The new Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill has taken over with his new team currently in the relegation zone with just two wins from their 14 games so far in the Premiership.
The on-loan Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner arrived at the Black Cats promisng to score lots of goals if given a regular starting spot for Sunderland but has so far only managed the two goals against West Brom and Bolton, and now O’Neill reckons its time for the disgruntled ex-Gunner to start finding his scoring boots to get his new team out of trouble.
O’Neill said yesterday: “I think that is paramount,”
“He has a lot of natural talent. He wasn’t always in the starting line-up at Arsenal. They have allowed him to come up here and now it’s an important time for him.
“This season is one where he can come through, he can score some goals. He obviously might have to adapt to a different style of play in the sense that Arsenal have the ball all the time in the vast majority of matches, even against the very best teams.
“With respect, we might not have it as often so you have to allow him to adjust but essentially he has to try to get some goals.”
Bendtner may have stated that he definitely won’t be returning to Arsenal and only wants to play for a Champions League team, but if he doesn’t start scoring or even get into double figures this season he will be lucky to get into a Europa Cup team, like Man City!